The Next Big Thing
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In this edition of the Next Big Thing, hear works-in-progress from our first group of Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellows – who’ve been working on their projects over the past ten weeks inside the Wheeler Centre.
Mandy Beaumont teaches Creative Writing at Griffith University. She also works as a Union Official. Most recently Mandy was a finalist in the Newcastle Short Story Award and the Overland Fair Work Award. She also won the MOTH International Short Story Award. Mandy was guest Overland Fiction Editor for the 'The Idea of Women' edition in October and is also a member of the advisory committee for Arts Queensland Literature Grants. She has just been shortlisted for the Rachel Funari Short Story Prize and is widely published.
Ana Maria Gomides is a full time Beyoncé lover and cat mother. She moonlights as cunning sorceress, battling the evils of racism, sexism, homophobia and the stigma attached to mental illnesses with her black girl magic and the power of her words. She refuses to be silent and encourages others to do the same.
Samantha Hill is a Melbourne-based playwright, actor, and teacher. She studied Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne/ VCA, Screenwriting at RMIT, and has a Masters of Teaching (Primary) from the University of Melbourne. Her plays include Merry Christmas, Bitches!, Little Moth and the Broken Giants, The Last Days of Bette Davis (A Complete Fabrication), and The Lynching of Little Hannah (A Christmas Time-Travelling Adventure Miracle).
Khalid Warsame is a writer, editor, and arts-worker who lives in Melbourne. He is a Creative Producer at Footscray Community Arts Centre, Fiction Editor for the Lifted Brow, and Co-Director of the National Young Writers Festival. His short fiction and essays have appeared in a number of publications, and he was recently awarded a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship.
Angela is or was once a military reservist, academic, actor, model, photographer, yogini, improv comedian, journalist and literary writer. She has studied at La Trobe University and the Improv Conspiracy Theatre. Her writing has appeared in Archer, Cordite Poetry Review, Overland, The Lifted Brow and elsewhere.
In 2017, she was a Hot Desk Fellow at the Wheeler Centre. Else But A Madness Most Discreet is her first solo poetry chapbook, now available from Vagabond Press. She believes the best moments of a life are hardly those that populate a resume.
Mira Schlosberg is an editor, writer and comics artist who makes work about queerness, spirituality and weird animals and is currently the editor of Voiceworks. They were a 2017 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow and have been published in the Lifted Brow, Seizure, Rabbit and Scum Mag, among others. Mira also edits comics for Scum Mag and subedits for Gusher.
New and emerging writers often produce adventurous, experimental or honest work – with the lesser burden of expectation, habit and legacy allowing for more careful or bold ideas.
A Wheeler Centre stalwart, our Next Big Thing series showcases the best in fresh Australian writing – with a focus on a different genre each month. You’ll hear from future favourites, and discover new darlings while you enjoy a drink and a bite in the intimate surrounds of The Moat.
Why wait for everyone else to catch up? Find tomorrow’s literary stars today.